Our History

We’re proud of our heritage.  If you want to learn more about our history and our commitment to the Virginia Beach community, you’re in the right place.  Read on to learn more about us.

Family

Hunt Club Farm has a rich history, dating back to the 1760s when the area was mostly farmland. The original home, built for Captain Jonathan Moore, still stands and is currently
being restored. In the 1960s, Mrs. Mary Vogel, the young wife of a military member, stumbled upon Moore’s abandoned farmhouse on London Bridge Road. She and her husband, John, immediately fell in love with the house and surrounding 200-acre property and quickly recruited fourteen families to purchase it.
The planned equestrian community was renamed Princess Anne Hunt Club Properties and subdivided into “farmettes,” each no less than five acres. The Vogel's son, J.D., grew up on the family farm property. There he developed an appreciation for nature and a love of farm life.

Legacy

After graduating from Kellam High School, J.D. became a farrier; he also started growing produce on the farm and selling it via a small market at the front of the property. J.D. attended agricultural conferences to learn more about the developing trends in agricultural tourism or agritourism. Every fall, he sold pumpkins at the market and offered hayrides to school children. His Haunted Hayride, the first of its kind in the area, was a quick favorite. Then he purchased a greenhouse, started cultivating seeds, and began a spring Children’s Garden Field Trip to help educate local school children about farm life, including plants and animals. Hunt Club Farm thrived on J.D.’s ingenuity. In 1999, J.D. hired Randi LaMark, a pharmaceutical sales representative, to help coordinate his fall activities. The two fell in love and married the following year. They have two sons – Nicholas and Taylor.

Community

Hunt Club Farm’s dedication to agriculture has made them a leader in the popular agritourism industry. The original farm market still exists and offers various locally made products, including soaps and candles made on the property. In the fall, the market is home to one of the largest pumpkin patches in the area. Thanksgiving week brings Virginia-grown Christmas trees for purchase on the farm and staff-crafted wreaths made from recycled tree clippings.
Throughout the year, Hunt Club Farm hosts an array of culturally significant fairs and festivals. These include a Spring and Easter Celebration, Fall Harvest Fair, Halloween Festival, and Holidays at Hunt Club. Of course, sure to please farm-goers of all ages are our ever-popular Petting Farm and brand new
Tree Walk Adventure.

We hope you will make Hunt Club Farm a part of your family traditions.